Styling on a budget is a must for busy moms. It’s rare that you spend money on your own needs, when there are the children to take care of. Especially when you have a tendency to buy them every cute little outfit you see, while you’ve been wearing the same worn out bra for the last 3 years. You know what I mean. Your kids always look great at every photo opportunity, but you’re sporting mad scientist hair and ratty old jeans and t shirts.
It’s hard to justify spending the money on your personal appearance when there is always something the kids need. But YOU are important too. You’re the glue that holds the family together. You can’t take care of the family without taking care of yourself. If you think you look good, you feel good.
I’m not talking about going on crazy shopping sprees, but investing in some versatile pieces here and there can really make your wardrobe go a long way. Pairing those versatile pieces with budget-friendly accessories can give you more bang for your buck, and more importantly, make you feel human again!
Here are some looks I put together to show how things like jewelry, scarves, belts, and more can increase the value of your wardrobe:
A button-down shirt can be worn in a variety of ways. I’ve specifically used a plaid one in these looks because they’re trending right now, and people usually only wear them in casual or western looks.
You can pair it with a wide belt, a pencil skirt and heels for a great office or casually dressy look. Roll the sleeves and add some cat eye glasses, and you’re rocking at great pin-up style outfit!
Or you can keep it casual. Throw it over a tank or your favorite t-shirt and pair it with some sneakers and a ball cap. Low key, but comfortable!
Actually have a night out? Cute boots and jeans are flattering on ANYONE with the right fit. The jewelry and other accessories you add completely change the style! I added a cute layered necklace and a cowboy hat for a country rock star vibe.
Need it to look professional? Add color coordinating dress pants and a blazer, with pumps or flats. All set for a meeting, job interview, charity event. Whatever the case may be, you’ll look completely pulled together while still being comfortable.
Now let’s talk about T-shirt dresses. (You Lula Roe fans know who you are!) Most moms go for comfort and camouflage, the goal being to hide their least favorite body part(s). T-shirt dresses are comfortable, affordable, and come in a variety of prints. I’ve used a solid one in these examples, to increase the versatility of the looks.
When I think T-shirt dress, I think casual comfort, and warm, sunny days. This look is perfect comfortable cool. Cute sandals and a few pieces of jewelry pull together what would otherwise be a very casual dress.
When it gets colder, add a sweater and your favorite leggings. It’s cute, comfy, and ready for fall.
I love this look, because it feels like getting away with murder. Adding a wide belt gives the dress shape. Adding some chunky jewelry and some simple flats make this look business casual. Need it to be dressier? Add a scarf to cover the T-shirt neckline, or add a blazer. This is my go-to summer professional look.
Date night? Make it look a little more feminine with a pretty scarf and coordinating jewelry. Depending on the date, pair it with boots or strappy sandals. The possibilities are pretty much endless.
I’m a self-described Jill-of-all-trades, master of none. I’m a 36 year-old mother of 3 boys and two fur babies, a wife, full time hospitality employee, artist, crafter, make up hobbyist, and karaoke addict. When I’m not taking care of the family or working at the day-job I’m on social media selling Younique cosmetics. I love art, fashion, make up, and trashy novels. My hobbies include drawing, painting, beading, napping, and baking (my face and cupcakes).